The latest crop of Lake Wendouree's swans are growing up, and growing bolder, and drivers are being urged to take care to avoid injuring them.
In the last few weeks, as more people have begun driving around the lake and at school drop-offs, the sight of herds of black swans (Cygnus atratus) running rampant on Wendouree Parade has become more common.
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It's not unusual for people walking around the lake to see traffic banked up as the swans meander along the road, seemingly in no particular hurry to get out of the way.
Wildlife rescuers have reported an increase in injuries and deaths this year, and have urged drivers to be cautious, particularly when pulling out of car parks.
If swans are on the road, wait for them to cross and get clear.
Rescuers also urge people not to feed the swans, particularly around playgrounds, as it can cause territorial issues as well as form bad habits when approaching humans, especially around vehicles.
City of Ballarat mayor Ben Taylor said in a statement the swans are a "major drawcard" for the city, and drivers and residents need to be mindful.
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"Please drive slowly around Wendouree Parade, particularly in bad weather, and be aware of the speed limit and roundabouts," he said.
"We also ask that you do not feed the swans as it can make them aggressive and ill. Our swans are a wonderful feature of our city and it is up to us to protect them."
Anyone who sees an injured swan should phone 0417 380 687, and to report dead wildlife, phone the City of Ballarat on 5320 5500.
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